Labor Day Visit to Chicago - Good food at top of my list!
Hi everyone, planning a last minute trip with a friend to Chicago and besides watching some baseball food is at the top of our list. Below is my tentative itin, please let me know if I missing out on any incredible food that is not to be missed. I likely won't be back for a couple of years unfortunately. We are staying at the Sofitel if that helps (I hear their restaurant is pretty good, too).
Weds 8/29 land at O'Hare at 1pm
3ish - place for light snack
6pm - drinks at Aviary maybe? (put my reservation request in)
8pm - Dinner at Publican (reservation made)
1:30pm Lunch at Topolobampo (reservation made)
6pm Architectural River Tour
10pm Dinner at Girl & the Goat (reservation made)
11:30am Lunch at Blackbird (reservation made)
Afternoon game - Cubs vs. Giants
8pm Dinner at Sable (reservation made)
Green City Market in the morning/afternoon
Possibly going to afternoon game - Cubs vs. Giants
Thinking Lou Malnati's for early dinner since we depart out of O'Hare at 8:50pm
****if another early dinner place can be suggested great. We can grab some deep dish on Wednesday when we land maybe.
Note that I've been to Trotter's and loved it, but looking for less fancy so avoiding Alinea and Tru on this trip. Other places that I thought about: GT Fish, Bristol, Purple Pig, Table 52, Mercat, Naha, North Pond, Cafe Spiaggia.
Thanks for whatever advice/recommendations you can give!
For your light snack, kathryn's idea of Purple Pig is great. You don't mention where you'll be; if you're dropping your bags at your hotel in the River North/Mich Avenue hotel area, Purple Pig is right there, and so are other nearby places like GT Fish and Quartino.
If you want to try some of our terrific breakfast-oriented restaurants, our best include Bongo Room, Jam, M. Henry, and Southport Grocery. These are all places where you get full meals, rather than merely donuts (e.g. Do-Rite) or the limited menu at Xoco.
Enjoy your visit!
Thanks for reconfirming Jam, Bongo Room and Southport Grocery. I have a feeling that I'll have to submit to a breakfast one morning. I'll just get up early to get the run in!
Right now we are confirmed to stay at the Sofitel, but might move to Radisson Blue Aqua at a friend's suggestion. I love to walk so restaurants don't have to be too close to the hotel. Cabs were easy to come by the last time I was in town so I'm good with them as well.
Wow - my trip is really coming to life. Thanks for the help nsxtasty, truly appreciate it!
Wednesday, light snack around 3pm:
Purple Pig or Xoco -- some of the other places you listed are closed during this time. At Purple Pig, you can easily share a plate or two. At Xoco, you can split a sandwich or some churros. Another option might be Grahamwich or Do-Rite Donuts.
Xoco, Do-Rite are also good breakfast options (I notice you don't have any breakfast on your itinerary).
Aviary at 6pm followed by Publican dinner is a great combination that I've done before.
Loved my lunch at Topolobampo last month, as well as my dinner at GATG, both good choices.
If you end up doing GT Fish & Oyster, do dinner and not lunch -- the lunch menu isn't nearly as interesting.
If you end up needing a brunch option near Wrigley Field, try Southport Grocery. I loved their sweet and savory French toast when I tried it.
I looked at both Xoco and Do-Rite. I think my friend would love both so thanks for confirming that they deserve a stop if I can fit them in.
As for breakfast, I usually do something light and then go on a run, but I have Bongo Room and Jam ready if my friend insists one morning.
I just received confirmation for Aviary so definitely going there and then Publican.
So looking forward to this trip now that everything is coming together!! Thanks for the helpful info Kathryn. Cheers!